The Danish thinker, Søren Kierkegaard once said that some day, communication would become instantaneous, but people would have nothing to say.
It could be said that Kierkegaard’s prediction from the Danish Golden Age is accurate. This might ring true for struggling conversationalists of the 21st century who spend too much time on social media. And what about those who are more inclined to text rather than phone?
One could argue that social skills are a little passé and one’s online identity is just as profound as the real deal. But with fake names and distant acquaintances making up real friends, are we really projecting an accurate portrayal of our true self? After all, if so much of Kierkegaard’s authorship was pseudonymous, why can’t we take wAyNe_69 seriously?
Nevertheless, I want to share the following which highlights what we are saying in 2014 on Twitter. These handles are some of the most influential voices of our time. They provoke philosophical thought in modernity and challenge contemporary standards. Whilst the others may come from a time not so long ago, they are still relevant. As for the rest, they showcase the creative and humorous side of the existentialists.
Without further ado.
New Philosopher Magazine (@TheNewPhil): Great subject matters, excellent writers, attractive design and no advertisements. But If you miss the print run, check out newphilosopher.com and follow them on Twitter. @TheNewPhil often features expressions of their avid readers and stimulating excerpts from back issues.
Peter Singer (@PeterSinger): Author and moral philosopher. The latest account of ethics in today’s society.
Kim Kierkegaardashian (@KimKierkegaard): Funny tweets from a Kardashian-gone-Kierkegaardian, or vice versa.
Simone de Beauvoir (@SimoneBeauvoirs): Quotes from the prominent feminist thinker and other thought-provoking ideas relating to gender equality.
Daniel Dennett (@danieldennett): Influential writer, philosopher and prominent leader of new atheism. A good source of contemporary problems in society.
Alain de Botton (@alaindebotton): Author, philosopher and television presenter. A terrific account of issues in modernity that anyone can relate to.
Nigel Warburton (@philosophybites): Co-founder of the philosophy bites podcast. Keep up to date with the latest releases and hear about Nigel’s extracurricular philosophical activities.
Søren Kierkegaard (@SorenKQuotes): Angst-filled quotes from the Danish thinker that might affect your mood.
Existential Comics (@existentialcoms): A humorous account of existentialism in comic form.